alca1Everyone’s heard of Alcatraz.  Likewise, most people who have been to San Francisco have, at the very least, seen Alcatraz Island from Fisherman’s Wharf.  Perhaps you had hoped to tour the prison island–turned museum some day in the future? Well, if you return to San Francisco this summer, you can get a real sense of the prison experience (without the boat trip) through an upcoming art exhibit.  After all, art is life!  And once you’ve seen the exhibit, perhaps you will want to cruise on over to Alcatraz to see the real deal.

prison 2Alcatraz: Life on the Rock a traveling art, photo, and icon exhibit can be seen this May at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. Alcatraz Cruises, the official concessioner to the National Park Service, providing ticketing and transportation services to Alcatraz Island, has confirmed its partnership with the Hyatt Regency San Francisco to present Alcatraz: Life on the Rock, a museum quality exhibit about the many eras and stories of Alcatraz Island.  Alcatraz: Life on the Rock is a joint collaboration between the National Park Service and Alcatraz Cruises.

alca4First Time in San Francsco:

Scheduled to make its first San Francisco appearance, “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” will be featured throughout the lobby of the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, from May 1 through October 25, 2013.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Hyatt boasts the “largest atrium lobby” in the world. The exhibit showcases Alcatraz Island’s fascinating history and infamous inmates.

   prison 4Specific installations will include:

  • “How Do You Know Alcatraz?” which offers a compelling introduction, complete with a model of the island and a look at The Rock’s place in history and in movies.  Additionally, there are four quadrants that feature the following:
  • A “Military History,” examines Alcatraz Island’s role as a Civil War-era fortress and military prison.
  • prison 2“Life on the Inside” provides an authentic replica of a prison cell that is the centerpiece of the exhibit. 
  • “Strength: The Native American Indian Occupation” chronicles the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island by Indians of all tribes.
  • “Preserving the Rock” highlights the island’s current status as a National Park and shares images of its lush gardens and wildlife.

Several Alcatraz alumni loaned authentic memorabilia to the exhibition, including an original letter written by Robert “Birdman” Stroud when he was an Alcatraz prisoner; an Alcatraz shank made from a butter knife and wrapped in electrical tape, which was taken from a prisoner in a shakedown; and an original brass key to an Alcatraz visiting room door.

If you go:

This free exhibit is open to the public at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Five Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.  www.sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com

For more information about “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock,” please visit http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/exhibit/index.html;

Photos of the exhibit can be found at: http://pinterest.com/museumplanning/alcatraz-life-on-the-rock-traveling-exhibition/

About Hyatt Culture Club
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s quarterly “Hyatt Culture Club” display consists of a variety of over-the top, lobby exhibits from featured cultural icons, artistic entities and popular attractions in the Bay Area.  Boasting the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest atrium lobby, of over 42,000 square feet, the Hyatt Regency’s interior has been host to some of Northern California’s most beloved pastimes.